The Cherry Wave – ‘Still Light’

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Kiiro (Yellow) Records returns with their latest compilation ‘Forever Shoegaze 3‘ featuring 14 international acts. Take a listen to Glasgow’s The Cherry Wave and their rocker ‘Still Light’. The song originally appeared on their split release with Airs (late last year).

 
The Cherry Wave – ‘Still Light’

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Life Model – ‘Just You’

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Scotland’s Life Model have hit the already-dreamy do-wop number ‘Just You (and I)’ with an extra helping of fuzz while leaving all the sappy high school drool in tact. The song comes from David Lynch’s unassailable  Twin Peaks, which, in addition to generating its own highly influential, award-winning soundtrack, has been fodder for decades of covers. Fans can catch Life Model in Northumberland at the Out Of The Trees X festival early January. [By Dave Lytton]

 
Life Model – ‘Just You’

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The Cherry Wave – ‘Avalancher’

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Scottish shoegazers The Cherry Wave have delivered their fuzz filled debut album ‘Avalancher‘! Formed in 2012, the Glasgow foursome released their debut EP ‘Blush’ the following year, leading to live spots alongside Ringo Deathstarr, The Telescopes, Dead Rabbits, The KVB, Nothing and Mode Moderne among others. Last month we heard Avalancher’s lead tune ‘Whitey‘, now it’s time to see how the rest of the LP shapes up.

Despite being recorded at 45 A-Side Recordings by Luigi Pasquini, ‘Avalancher’ still retains the raw, lo-fi approach of their earlier work. The Cherry Wave haven’t opted for a high gloss sound and it suits the live feel of the album. It sounds like an dirty old cassette tape being blasted in a hall!

The Cherry Wave have upped the tempo on ‘Avalancher’, with a punk ethos shining through on tracks like ‘All I Know’, which is a short, supercharged, ear bleeder! The vocals are pretty much buried in reverb and guitars the entire album. This works for the most part, but on songs like ‘Harvest Summers’ there’s not just enough musical hooks to justify it.

It’s a brave record, staunch in avoiding typical “rock” production and delivery. The balance is well achieved on ‘Blissbomb’, an anthem where the melodies don’t need extra highlighting. In contrast, ‘Blinker’ removes much of this contrast, descending into a mid frequency blur.

Closing track ‘Fuzzthrower’ runs close to ten minutes, much of it is dominated by experimental noise (a la My Bloody Valentine’s holocaust) with drum hits peaking out the meters (and your eardrums)! Album highlights ‘All I Know’, ‘Blissbomb’ and ‘Whitey’ make ‘Avalancher’ a must listen for fans of noise and shoegaze. It’s been a long time coming for The Cherry Wave and the four piece have earned their stripes. ‘Avalancher’ is an uncompromising record with ass kicking rockers (flaws n’ all).
 
The Cherry Wave – ‘Avalancher’ [LP Stream]

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The Cherry Wave - 'Avalancher'
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PRO'S
  • Big bold rockers with loads of noise!
  • The highlights 'All I Know', 'Blissbomb' & 'Whitey'
  • Anti-gloss sound for lo-fi lovers
CON'S
  • Album runs a little short (eight songs)
  • Some songs get lost in the mid-range haze
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The Cherry Wave – ‘Whitey’

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The Cherry Wave have posted ‘Whitey’, the first track from their forthcoming debut LP ‘Avalancher’! The Glasgow shoegaze act first impressed with their ‘Blush’ EP (almost two years ago). Since then the fuzz fiends have played numerous Scottish shows and support slots with international talent like Ringo Deathstarr. Their latest retains the lo-fi charm of ‘Blush’ and adds a punchy, angular feel. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s good to have them back! ‘Avalancher’ is expected next month.

 
The Cherry Wave – ‘Whitey’

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Honeyblood – ‘(I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here’

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Here’s an impressive tune from Honeyblood’s forthcoming debut album, available from July 14 thanks to Fatcat Records. The Glasgow duo (drummer Shona McVicar and Stina Tweeddale on guitar and vocals) are influenced by the likes of PJ Harvey and The Breeders. A heads up for lo-fi fans!

 
Honeyblood – ‘(I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here’

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Life Model – ‘Come Round’

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Glasgow noise pop band Life Model return with a new single ‘Come Round‘ featuring the b-side ‘East Coast’ (out January 20 – pre-order via Viscerality Records). This dreamy cut follows the quintet’s debut EP, released last April.

 
Life Model – ‘Come Round’

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